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'Faking It' finale recap: Closure and cliffhangers

Season 2 | Episode 10 | “Busted” | Aired Nov 25, 2014

It would have been pretty much impossible for the fall finale of Faking It’s second season to top the epic cliffhanger the show left us with at the end of season 1. (Although it’s possible the writing team has something disastrously cliffhanger-y in store for the 2B finale next year.) Honestly, it’s kind of a relief that Faking It didn’t really attempt to outdo itself with the fall finale, because I’m not sure that my poor heart could take it. Season 1 ended on Amy and Liam’s drunken, ill-begotten hookup, and the first half of season 2 led up to Karma finding out about it.

People finding out about things is what we’re always waiting for with Faking It, which is a show that uses deception and misdirection (for the characters—we as the audience are almost always aware of the lie, even if we don’t quite know the truth yet) to build its epic drama. I say “epic” because no show in recent memory has had me on the edge of my seat the way Faking It does. Faking It has mastered the art of the cliffhanger.

But you can’t be all cliffhanger. Eventually, you have to answer the big questions you’ve been dangling. This episode does a great job of giving fans just enough closure not to send us into rage spirals while we wait for the second half of the season to premiere—but not enough to let us forget about how much we cannot wait for said premiere. The fall finale, “Busted,” is a delicate balancing act of closure and cliffhangers for every character. Let’s break it down:

Karma

The season 1 finale was the Amy show. She had just revealed her true, romantic feelings to Karma, only to be rejected (in probably the nicest way possible, which is still brutal because unrequited love always is). We spent the whole season deeply invested in Amy’s emotional arc. We knew heartbreak was coming for her; it was just a matter of when the bomb dropped. But season 2 has been preparing us for Karma’s emotional devastation, which hit in the last two episodes and is finally being faced in the finale.

The Closure: Karma decides to (kind of, sort of, probably, maybe, for now) forgive Amy. She isn’t ready to be best friends again in the way they once were, but she decides to at least stay open to the possibility.

The Cliffhanger: She hooks up with Liam after he gets his dad to help her parents, who have been arrested for selling pot brownies from their hippie juice truck. But afterward, she’s haunted by nightmares that Amy and Liam are really into each other and have played her into forgiving them way too quickly.

Amy

Amy gets Karma to forgive her (although she has to assault a police officer and get arrested and locked in a jail cell with Karma to do it), mostly because, as everyone watching from the outside knows, what Amy did was obviously wrong, but she was in a very, very bad place the night that it happened. Does it excuse it or absolve her? Absolutely not. Does it make her a bad person or the kind to betray again? No, I don’t think so.

The Closure: She gets Karma to forgive her … ish.

The Cliffhanger: While getting frisky with Reagan, she imagines Karma. So she’s maybe still in love with her, but we all knew that.

Liam

Faking It Nicholas Brendon

Liam, fed up with how awful his life is (to be fair, he’s not exaggerating—his sister is actually his mom, his family owns a company he hates, and school is a nightmare since the whole Amy thing came to light) and wants out of Austin. He applies for an art fellowship, judged by a snooty Hester alum played by Buffy star Nicholas Brendon.

The Closure: He receives his art fellowship and has his way out of town—should he decide to take it. And he helps Karma’s family selflessly because he really does love her.

The Cliffhanger: His dad only agrees to let him go for the fellowship if he promises to quit art after that and go corporate with Skorkle. And with Karma hooking up with him last minute, he might be tempted to stay in Austin after all. Oh yeah, and if he backs out of the deal to join the family business, he’s cut off forever. Ouch. He has big choices ahead of him.

Shane

Shane breaks his oath not to out people anymore and sends his ex-boyfriend Duke’s dating profile to TMZ.

The Closure: I don’t feel with Shane we really get any closure. Yeah, he outed Duke, but what comes next is more of a cliffhanger to me.

The Cliffhanger: Duke gives a press conference in which he admits to being gay and professes his love for Shane. I want to believe this is going to end happily ever after for Shane, but I have a weird feeling about it. Can it be that easy? Can Shane get rewarded for such bad behavior?

Lauren

Faking It Finale Lauren

To take her mind off Theo, Lauren runs for school president, getting back to Original Lauren.

The Closure: During a fight with Theo, she yells to the whole school that she’s intersex. Of course, since this is Hester, it’s not a bad thing. Suddenly, everyone loves her and wants to help with her campaign.

The Cliffhanger: She decides to accept everyone’s help, but she does still want to turn Hester into the kind of school where people wouldn’t accept her. Lauren is a conundrum.

Theo

Theo’s big secret is FINALLY revealed. He’s an undercover cop.

The Closure: Well, at least we know his secret.

The Cliffhanger: His feelings for Lauren were obviously real, but he’s a 20-year-old COP so, you know, it’s hard/illegal for him to really pursue anything.

Faking It airs Tuesdays at 10:30/9:30C on MTV.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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